The U.S. government has approved the purchase of 300 millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to airports nationwide at a cost of $44.8 million.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole said the AIT machines are being deployed with new automated target recognition software designed to enhance passenger privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images.
“Advanced imaging technology is one of the best layers of security we have to address the threats of today and tomorrow,” Pistole said. The TSA remains committed to deploying this integral counterterrorism tool in order to ensure the highest level of security for the traveling public, he added.
AIT is designed to enhance security by screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing, TSA says. However, because those units show a person’s nude body, TSA says it has taken “all measures to ensure passenger privacy with its use of AIT screening.” Among those measures is the installation of new software on millimeter wave imaging technology machines currently in airports to enhance existing privacy protections, the agency says.
TSA Chief Praises ‘Advanced Imaging’ to Combat Terrorism
John Pistole touted AIT as a “safe and reliable” screening technology.